Update - July 2019.

Following the consultation on the chapters presented below, the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age chapter was due to follow at a later date.  This is now expected to be available for consultation in September.   


Original Text

The South East Historic Environment Research Framework (SERF) aims to identify what we know about the South East's historic environment and what aspects we want to know more about in the future. It provides an overview of current understanding (the Resource Assessment) and a set of key research questions to guide future work (the Research Agenda).

The Framework will help to identify priorities for future investigation. It will be mostly used in Planning and for other major developments where archaeological investigations are required. The current consultation is for the Resource Assessment and Research Agenda only. Following completion of these stages an Implementation Plan will be prepared which will be subject to a subsequent consultation and a print on demand publication will be prepared.

SERF is a partnership between East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex and covers the county area and unitary council areas within these counties (Medway and Brighton & Hove). The project is supported by a Steering Group with representatives from each partner organisation, archaeological contractors, university archaeology departments and county archaeology societies among others. Members of the Steering Group have been involved in the development of the draft framework chapters. The project has been largely funded by Historic England with a contribution from Surrey County Council and contributions in kind from Kent County Council, Surrey County Council and East and West Sussex County Councils.  Background information on the project can be found at https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/south-east-research-framework.

This consultation provides the opportunity for stakeholders and interested parties to suggest amendments / additions to the draft chapters before they are finalised.  The consultation will help to ensure that the final framework is a robust resource, which can inform decision-making in relation to the historic environment.  All chapters, except for the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age chapter, are part of the current consultation; the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age chapter will be consulted on at the end of March.

To respond to this consultation, please click on the link in the 'Respond' section below, alternatively you can download the questionnaire from the documents section and email it to: heritageconservation@kent.gov.uk


Please ensure your response reaches us by 7th March 2019.



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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    6 Feb 2019 at 14:00
  • Closed
    7 Mar 2019 at 23:59


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Environment and countryside
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

You can email your response to :   heritageconservation@kent.gov.uk

Post:  SERF Consultation, Heritage Conservation, Environment, Planning and Enforcement, Kent County Council, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XX